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3 College Junior

Technology: The computers are decent but the labs are always so crowded

4 College Student

Technology: Bad wifi but there are always computers available to use.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Every student gets a laptop when they enroll which is awesome. You can take it home during breaks. It is yours as long as you are a St. John's student. Laptop repairs are free. All students are given money specifically for school printing at the beginning of each semester. However, it may be more convenient to bring your own printer, as printing stations are a bit far from dorms. I've never had a complaint about the wireless networks.

4 College Student

Technology: St. John's offers 3 computer labs and $40.0 every semester for printing/copying. There is Wireless network connection in every facilities on campus and the speed is fairly good. Only downside would be the number of computer labs. I sometimes find myself waiting for a open computer.

5 College Freshman

Technology: It doesn't matter whether or not you have a computer because the school gives you a free laptop when you enroll. There are also dozens of computers to use on campus.

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St. John’s University prides itself in furthering the education of students through the enhancement of technology. The Information Technology department manages these upgrades by providing information and network services to the entire campus and surrounding community. St John’s commitment to making a strong incorporation of technology in teaching, learning, and research is best exemplified by its laptop program, but ironically, it is only available to incoming freshmen and transfer students. Even some of the freshmen complain that the laptop program is not all it's cracked up to be. Some students opt out of the program all together and buy their own computers.

Even though the computers at St. John’s can be very helpful tools, they run incredibly slow at times. It gets bothersome because more chances than not, the computers or the printers are not working, which makes finishing coursework sometimes difficult. With the sizeable amount of money students pump into tuition, they expect the computers to be up-to-date and running efficiently. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. A student’s best choice is to invest in a laptop, if he or she can afford it. The freedom from worrying about backed-up lines, computers not working, and having to feel crammed is truly priceless.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
Students receive $40 of printing quota each semester. Each black and white page costs 10 cents to print.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Did You Know?
The labs are generally packed, and many students have to wait to get a computer from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Since all of the classrooms are equipped with computers, many students go into an empty classroom to access a computer.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 233 responses

Very weak
  • Availability of computer labs
  • Campus tech support
  • Free/discounted software
  • Number of computer labs
  • Printing cost/quota limits
  • Reliability of network
  • Speed of network
  • Technology in classrooms and labs
  • Wireless availability

How necessary is it to bring your own computer?    Based on 141 responses

  • 2% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 5% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 18% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 75% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.


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